PETA wrote to Mattel asking them to get rid of their SeaWorld 'Whale Trainer Barbie,' calling it 'barbaric.'
by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes.

PETA and other animal organizations have campaigned against SeaWorld for years, saying that their captive orcas are stressed and deteriorating due to living and performing in captivity, often resulting in incidents with their trainers as well. A lawsuit was recently filed by PETA, Ric O’Barry and marine mammal experts in which the group claimed that SeaWorld “enslaved” the orcas, but was dismissed by a judge who determined the orcas to be “non-persons” and therefore not protected under the 13th Amendment.

Now, toy company Mattel has jumped on the SeaWorld bandwagon with a new “Whale Trainer Barbie” and PETA is not buying it. The organization writes, “Barbie has been fur-free and an animal rights activist for years. But America’s favorite doll has taken a dangerous turn, thanks to famous toymaker Mattel and infamous animal abuser SeaWorld. The companies have released a Whale Trainer Barbie, an ill-advised doll that would be more accurately called ‘Barbaric.’”

PETA says SeaWorld puts their human trainers in danger as well by sending them into the water with the stressed orcas, and that the Barbie should reflect the situation. In their letter to Mattel, they write “[C]hildren were traumatized when they witnessed Tilikum pull trainer Dawn Brancheau underwater and kill her by thrashing her into the walls of the tank, separating her scalp and pulling her arm out of its socket. This was that particular orca’s third human killing. Orcas in captivity are held prisoner in tiny concrete tanks, deprived of all that is natural to them. They suffer from extreme physical and psychological distress and what has been described as rage and frustration over their unnatural confinement and loss of family and all freedom. If you continue this partnership with SeaWorld, the doll should be made more realistic: It should have detachable limbs and be black and blue.”

PETA has asked Mattel to pull the “Whale Trainer Barbie” off the shelves. They ask, “If not, what’s next? Grand Theft Auto Barbie?”

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About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • Ahbrando1

    Just plain ridiculous of Peta to pull a stunt like this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/katielbradford Katie Bradford

    Gee, why not ‘Dog Fight Trainer Barbie.’ When you consider that the aggression these animals feel as a result of their horrid living conditions, A whale trainer is a stone’s throw from a dog fight trainer. Hopefully the silver lining to this is Mattel will pull the Barbie, and more people will be exposed to the reasons behind us not wanting our daughters engaged in careers that promote and support animal cruelty. Just for the record, I’m not Peta’s biggest fan these days. But you don’t have to be a bleeding heart animal activist to look at how those animals are living and know it’s wrong.

    • Jeremy Atkinson

      true that they don’t have the best conditions and sometimes they can get a little anxious and distressed, but honestly it would be far worse with the attack business if it were as peta and all those other yahoos make it seem. (sorry if I sounded harsh)